Create Your Own Story

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The University of New Hampshire wants to highlight student success stories. One way of doing this has been through the Create Your Own Story initiative which features students who, in their own way, have strived to make the most of their time at UNH. Each of their stories are different, yet they all share a common theme - a deep desire to claim their education.

Our purpose in sharing these stories is to encourage other students to approach their time at UNH with intention, curiosity, and personal drive. Hopefully by reading some of these stories, others will be inspired to make the most of their time here and create new stories that are rich, interesting, and unique.

Award Information

To nominate a student who is creating their own story at UNH, please complete the form below by January 23, 2018. Questions? Please contact Curt Kenoyer.

Watch the short video below to learn more about the CYOS initiative at UNH...

  • Alexandria Hidrovo

    Alexandria Hidrovo

    CYOS 2017-18 Award Recipient

    Alexandria (Lexy) Hidrovo ’18 comes from the gritty town of Harrison, New Jersey. Her father told her in April of her first year at UNH that their family home was being auctioned off and they would be evicted. She had lived in that house since third grade. Her family had struggled for years with...

  • Crystal Napoli

    Crystal Napoli

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    Crystal Napoli '17 had just landed at Logan Airport in Boston after spending the summer following her sophomore year in China, through the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program.

  • Kelsey Nicholson

    Kelsey Nicholson

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    Kelsey Nicholson’s University of New Hampshire story begins with what she likes to call a “UNH Miracle.”

  • Elisabeth Wise

    Elisabeth Wise

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    Elisabeth Wise ‘17 isn’t a native of New Hampshire, but UNH felt like home before she even enrolled as a student.

  • Ahed Alhamdan

    Ahed Alhamdan

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    You are the envy of your 60+ cousins back home in Jordan: the first individual in your extended family to come to the United States to pursue a bachelors degree.

  • Joanna Lewis

    Joanna Lewis

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    In late January, Joanna Lewis was given 72 hours to make the biggest decision of her life, whether or not to commit the next two years working as a Water and Sanitation Extensionist for the Peace Corps in Panama.

  • Stephanie Fulton

    Stephanie Fulton

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    Stephanie Fulton’s thoughtful decision to become a Family Nurse Practitioner evolved over years of caring for medical patients in various healthcare settings.

  • Tabitha McElroy

    Tabitha McElroy

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    Tabitha McElroy will tell you straight-up: she’s not remarkable, she’s just 35.

  • Gabby Greaves

    Gabrielle Greaves

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    Gabrielle (Gabby) Greaves (pronouns: they/them/theirs, she/her/hers) is a powerful and humble force to be reckoned with.

  • Christin Badylak-Reals

    Christin Badylak-Reals

    CYOS 2016-17 Award Recipient

    Christin Badylak-Reals ’19 counts among her most significant influences Climatology and Climate Dynamics Professor Matthew Huber, Engineering Professor May-Win Thein, her own supportive family and friends, and of course, Amy Poehler.